Black Sox Lose Game 4
October 5, 2009 | 4:00 am
Oct. 5, 1919: Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale on Game 4 of the World Series.
The Black Sox lose Game 4 of the World Series, 2-0.
Sept. 30, 1920: The grand jury investigation of the Black Sox prompts an inquiry in New York into whether gamblers tried to fix the 1920 World Series.
Claude Williams testified:
"This situation was first brought up to me in New York. Mr. Gandil called me to the one side, out in front of the Hotel Ansonia, and asked me if anybody had approached me about the World's Series, and I said, 'Just what do you mean?' He said, 'That the series be fixed, if they fixed it what would do about it? Would you take an active part, or what?'
"I said, 'I am in no position to say right now.' I said, 'I will give you my answer later, after thinking it over.'
"After coming back to Chicago I was called down to the Warner Hotel, where Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Buck Weaver and Happy Felsch and two fellows introduced as Brown and Sullivan."
"They were the gamblers?"
"Brown and Sullivan, supposed to be the gamblers, or fellows that were fixing it for the gamblers -- one of the two, they didn't say which. They said they were from New York. They wanted us to throw the series to Cincinnati for $5,000 [$61,719.08 USD 2008]."
"Yes, and I said that wasn't enough money to fool with and I was informed that whether or not I took any action the games would be fixed."
"Who informed you of that?"
"Chick Gandil. So I told them anything they did would be agreeable with me; if it was going to be done anyway, that I had no money and I might as well get what I could."
"I was supposed to get $10,000 after the second game when we got back to Chicago; and I didn't get this until after the fourth game, and Gandil then said that the gamblers had called it off; and I figured then that there was a double-cross someplace. On the second trip to Cincinnati, Cicotte and I had a conference. I told him that we were double-crossed and that I was going to win if there was any possible chance. Cicotte said he was the same way. Gandil informed me in Cincinnati that Bill Burns and Abe Attell were fixing it so we could get $100,000, making $20,000 more that I never received."